2 Generate ideas and explore possibilities (CT1) Ask questions to extend my thinking (CT2)Connect my own and others’ ideas and experiences in inventive ways (CT3)Question my own and others’ assumptions. (CT4)Try out different alternatives or new solutions and follow ideas through (CT5)Adapt ideas as circumstances change (CT6)
3 Marinate your ideasStep 1 : Think about your own response to a question.Step 2: Pair up and talk through your ideas.Step 3: Share you ideas with the group.ShareThinkPairShareBrain storm ideas for a topicFocus on a key question and filter out the main points.
4 Categories of comparison Overall does this comparison work? Analogy Whether you are explaining a new idea to someone else, trying to learn something yourself or trying to solve a problem, one of the most creative ways of doing it is to compare the unfamiliar, unknown, or problematic with something familiar and understandableFamiliar ConceptNew ConceptSimilaritiesDifferencesCategories of comparisonOverall does this comparison work?
5 Why don’t you devise you own way to deal with…? How many ways can you…?Why don’t you devise you own way to deal with…?Can you develop a proposal which would…?Can you design a… in order to…?What would happen if…?Can you see a possible solution to…?
7 Movie Maker: play a short video clip with the sound turned down Movie Maker: play a short video clip with the sound turned down. In pairs or as part of a group, work out the dialogue. You could write the dialogue down and read it back with the clip playingImagination is more important than knowledge. For while knowledge defines all we currently know and understand. Imagination points to all we might yet discover and create
9 Shoe on the other foot! See a topic or issue from another perspective. Imagine you hold that point of view when discussing it andflex your creative muscles.
10 Uses for… Think of an item or object, usually a common one like a brick, toothbrush, pencil, or bucket and come up with all the possible uses for that object, without regard to what the object is normally used for, what it is named, or how it is usually thought of.Improvements to… Decide on an item and think about how it might be altered to enhance its original, given purpose. The item in question need not be limited to objects… e.g. – places, ideas.What-Iffing…This involves describing an imagined action or solution and then examining the probable associated facts, consequences, or events. Instead of quickly saying ‘That sounds stupid’ or ‘That will never work’ try to generate the specific implications or consequences of newly imagined fact. For example, what if a new law was introduced that said all new cars to be the colour red?